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Point/Counterpoint: Goaltending in the Playoffs

Welcome to another edition of Point/Counterpoint. This week, European correspondent Filip and I deal with a common, often overplayed issue: Goaltending. Point: Goalies are important in the Playoffs (Filip) A) You can’t win without an elite goaltender. Yes, there are some exceptions like Antti Niemi (or series like the just-completed Penguins-Flyers series) but nearly every team in the recent years (has) won with a good goalie and with a tight defense. Tim Thomas, Chris  Osgood, Jean-Sebastien Giguere – those are/were elite goalies who proved their star worth by being a significant factor in their teams winning the Cup. And remember …

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Around the Net 4.24.2012

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Man, that felt good… We look back at the remains of our fallen enemy and look ahead to the next possible opponent. [Of Ice and Men] [Broad Street Hockey] [Hockeybuzz] Nothin’ but a G thang… In what will go down in history as “The Shift” (sorry Mike Richards), Claude Giroux shows why he might be the best player on the planet. [The Hockey Writers] [Metro.us] [The 700 Level] Seriously, did you see that? Just awesome.[Youtube] Apparently, there are other …

NHL '94 Tournament

Humbled once again

On a dreary Sunday night, when fans across the Philadelphia area may very well have preferred to stay home and celebrate the Flyers’ series-clinching victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, over 30 people drove out to Bensalem to help support the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. Among the people who made their way out to Play2 at the Parx Casino in the torrential downpour were a number of familiar faces from the Pub Quiz fundraiser, some new friends, and hockey’s most popular anonymous blogger, Eklund. One person stood out in particular, though. Marc Siciliano, who originally came up with the idea …

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This Week in Flyers History 4/22-4/28

Welcome to another installment of This Week in Flyers History, which seeks to fill in the gaps in fans’ collective memories and to give them a hand up when their friends question their hockey knowledge. April 22, 1976 Maple Leafs 8, Flyers 5 — Darryl Sittler ties and NHL record with five goals and Toronto forces a deciding Game 7 in this Quarterfinal series thanks to a high-scoring affair at Maple Leaf Gardens. April 22, 1981 Flyers 9, Flames 4 — Brian Propp nets a natural hat trick in a five-goal first period — his first career three-goal effort — …

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Dear Flyers,

I am sick. Which is not your fault by any means. It’s been this way since I started teaching. So I don’t blame you for that. I do blame you for the emotional upheaval I’ve been dealing with this last week. Last Wednesday? Never again. I can’t take that. Don’t forget that I live in non-Flyers country and having to defend you on a daily basis is wearing. When you go and do insane things like Game 4, it makes it even worse. So, finish it tonight, Flyers. Every single fan knows what this team is capable of. We want …